Long Term Side Effects To Mold Exposure because the majority of the population is not allergic to mold they experience no immediate side effects when they are initially exposed to mold. This lack of rapid physical symptoms causes a false sense of safety when in reality mold poses substantial reason for concern. Long term side effects to mold exposure include chronic bronchitis, learning disabilities, mental deficiencies, heart problems, cancer, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue, lupus, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and bleeding lungs. When mold grows it produces spores and mycotoxins which are both very dangerous to humans.
Mycotoxins by nature are deadly. These toxins are produced by mold so that it can compete for various food sources. They are designed to kill and/or destroy other varieties of mold and as a result are also very dangerous to humans. Some mycotoxins have even been found to be carcinogenic.
Spores are also produced when mold is actively growing. Spores are “seeds” produced by mold to create new colonies and spread itself throughout its environment. Spores are inherently dangerous to humans because they lodge themselves in the lungs. They then become permanently entangled in the alveoli (hairs) of the lungs. Because the body is not able to expel the spores from the lungs it encapsulates them and creates something which resembles scare tissue. Over long periods of time more spores are ingested and the “scar tissue” increases. The end result is reduced lung capacity and a higher susceptibility to respiratory infections and asthma.